Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Words To Run By Race Report!

Photos Courtesy of Sara of Words To Run By


Over the past couple of years blogging for OHventures, I have had the privilege of meeting a number of amazing individuals throughout the state who share the passion of an active lifestyle and adventure in Ohio. The award for the most inspiring person I have met by far goes to Sara of the popular Fitfluential blog, Words To Run By. I met her at the Boston Strong Columbus event in April, which she helped host. We got together for coffee and I had the chance to learn more about her and her passion for life. 

Sara suffered from a pulmonary embolism (blood clot of the lung) last year and also suffered the loss of her mother. She uses these life experiences to educate others through The Blood Clot Recovery Network and to encourage others on Words To Run By to live life to its fullest, showing that no obstacle is too big to overcome. She's an amazing writer and all around awesome girl.

Read about Sara's return to the running scene in her race recap of the Commit To Be Fit Multi-Sport Festival which took place Sunday, July 28 in Columbus. This was her first official race she had done in since she had her pulmonary emblolism in just over a year. Check it out below and prepared to be inspired by her journey!

I’ve had a lot of firsts when it comes to running – and a lot of firsts I would have never experienced without it in the first place. There as my first 5K, my first half marathon, my mom’s first 5K, my sister’s first half marathon, my first marathon and my first attempt at the Goofy Challenge in Walt Disney World. For all of these first have come many rewards – I gained self-confidence, patience, a new appreciation for myself, health and happiness. I also gained friendships that, while based in running, have pulled me through some of the worst times in the last two years of my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself and others – both positives and negatives.

Through running, I learned that I am stronger than I ever thought I was and even so, it was not until I was gravely injured by a blood clot in my lung last summer that I realized what true strength was. While I survived against the odds – partially in thanks to running and the shape my cardiovascular system was in – the thing that helped save me was also the think I could no longer do no matter how much I wanted to. I was ready to give up. For all running had given me, it hurt too bad to know things would never be as they were.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mud Ninja Recap!



While we at OHventures unfortunately did not get the chance to participate in the Mud Ninja ourselves this year, we know that it's a pretty awesome race that we just had to feature! It's a mud run, much like the Warrior Dash (coming August 10) and the Foam Fest (this past June). These races are both challenging and fun-filled. Check out this post by an OHventures reader, Corey!
The Mud Ninja was a great extreme race, very challenging and it forced you to push your muscles past exhaustion to finish. We had 30 people go with our team, which definitely made it more exciting! The race took place on July 27 in South Salem, Ohio, Ross County.


The race started with a run across a field and then down into a wooded area. We had to be careful running downhill because there were a ton of rocks, both loose and ones that were sticking up out of the ground. It had been raining all morning (and still was when we ran), so the mud was pretty slick and I ended up either turning sideways and monkey crawling or sliding on hands and feet down some steeper slopes.
Some of the first obstacles were relatively simple (wading through waist-deep mud, climbing a rope up a 15-foot mud wall, and carrying a sandbag up and down a hill), and the only thing you really had to worry about was running through a thorn bush., which I stopped caring about after like the third time it happened. It got a little harder when we had to army crawl through the Snake Pit. It was a series of winding, muddy-water filled trenches that were about 50-feet long in almost complete darkness.


Then we came up to an obstacle that forced you to jump across a mud pit to grab a rope or cargo net (above), and you had to climb these to the top of a tall platform. Luckily I grabbed the rope without falling (most people slipped off the nets and fell back down into the mud) and quickly climbed up onto the platform, this is where I took off ahead of the rest of my team as they were still waiting in line to climb.
There was a tall wall that I had to scale, but the only way to do it was from help on the ground and up above. Next were a few mud pits that I had to cross hand-over-hand using a 2x4, hand-over-hand using a rope, and using my hands and legs to climb across like you see burglars do in some movies. The last of these had about an 8ft deep pit that I had to climb out of at the end, and unless there was someone there to help you were stuck.


That part of the race was a tease because I could see the final obstacle, but was then forced down another path packed with rocks and mud that wound its way down a large hillside. The whole time down I was thinking "this HAS to go up sometime soon," and my statement was answered by The Widowmaker... It was like a 50-foot climb up a very slippery hillside at about an 80 degree angle, WITHOUT a rope to help. I did my best to stay to the side where it looked like there were places I could get my footing, but ended up sliding down the hill. So I went up the other side, grabbing whatever plant roots/stems I could to help pull myself up. Unfortunately, many of these were covered in thorns so my hands got pretty torn up. Finally I made it to within 10ft of the top and saw there was a short rope to grab, so I held on as tight as I could and pulled myself up the rest of the way. Looking back down from the top was a bad idea in that it was a long way down, but it gave me a great sense of accomplishment knowing I did it.


Next were easier obstacles - climbing a 20-foot wall called the Tower of Terror, wading/swimming through a chest-deep mud pit, jumping across a series of mud pits, and balancing on a log across a dry pit. Then I finally came up to the last stretch of obstacles... I had to cross a mud pit using two tightropes (hands on one and feet on the other), then climb up a slippery hill. Once at the top, I had to slide down the other side and scoot across a log (I ended up falling in the water because the log was so slippery but managed to pull myself back up). I think the early morning runners were able to walk across these logs, but they were so covered in mud by the time I got to them that everyone was just sliding across on their butts. Then I had to climb another slippery hill, and if it weren't for a stranger's helping hand I would've never gotten up to the top. On the other side of this hill was a slide down into a deep mud hole and a hill on the other side with ropes. Luckily there were some loops tied into a few of the ropes that made it easier to use my feet. After climbing over the top there was another long slide down into a pit that forced you to army crawl under some cords. There was one more small, muddy hill to climb over and then a short 20-yard sprint to the finish line.
I was so happy our trainers told us to wear gloves fingerless gloves to protect our hands and help with gripping the ropes, and to wear tighter clothing to prevent getting caught in the thorns as much as possible.


It took me about 2 hours to complete the whole course, which I was slightly disappointed with at first. But then we learned that the course had been lengthened to 4.5 miles, instead of just being a 5K, and I felt better about my time knowing there were 25 difficult obstacles along the way. It was one of those races where you finish and feel like you can do anything. It was also a GREAT team building race and it was awesome to see complete strangers helping each other to get past obstacles.
I would totally recommend getting people together to do it again next year!!

Volunteer At The Warrior Dash Ohio!



Are you unable to run in the Warrior Dash but you'd still like to be a part of the greater cause in the fight against children's terminal illnesses? Do you want to have fun watching all of the excitement that comes from this awesome mud run? Want to help the warriors before and after their race?

PERFECT! We need YOU to help the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by volunteering at Warrior Dash Ohio! 

What: Help volunteer at the Warrior Dash! Duties include anything from greeters, registration, bag check, food tent, etc.
When: Saturday, August 10 and Sunday August 11. Shifts are 8AM-12:30PM and 12:30PM-5PM on eirhter day.

Where: Clay's Park Resort, 13190 Patterson St. NW, N. Lawrence, OH 44666.


Each volunteer will receive free food all day and will get to enjoy the concerts and mayhem that comes with Warrior Dash! 

OHventures will be there the morning of Saturday, August 10!!

Just send a note to rachel.kerr@stjude.org if you are interested!



Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Trumbull County Wineries





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Photos by OHventures


My family recently took a trip to the two wineries found in Trumbull County (where my hometown of Hubbard can be found).

Our first stop was Country Porch Winery, which is described as being "nestled in the heart ofTrumbull County." We found this to be true, as the quaint winery looked more like someone's home along the wide open roads of the City of Cortland. Its long porch was filled with tables made out of interesting items, such as barn doors, wine barrels, and the like. Folks sat on rocking chairs near the door and a dog greeted us as we made our way inside. 

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For just $4 a piece, my family and I opted to taste all 10 of the wines offered at Country Porch. This was not only an amazing deal, but it was also the best way to uncover all of the fun backstories behind each of the wines made here. Each wine was unique and stood out from the others, and I enjoyed and appreciated the thought that went into the flavor profiles!

Photo-119For instance, the "Daisy For Me" (my favorite wine of the evening) was a dry white wine  that was named in honor of the owner's mother. The "Certin Gold" was appropriately a golden colored white wine rich in flavor that was named after an award-winning stallion raised on the property. "Celebrate d'Vine" was a seasonal wine that burst with apple and cranberry flavors. And the "Scenic Route" was an extremely odd wine with a "hate it or love it" attitude (I hated it, but my brother bought a bottle)!

The Country Porch offers fun events and specials, such as pizza nights, steak nights, painting parties, and more. It was sad to leave, since we enjoyed our stay so much, but we had to head up to our next winery of the night!


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The Greene Eagle Winery was located approximately 15 minutes from Country Porch, also in Cortland. There was a fancier feel here and there was even a wedding taking place on-site when we arrived.  Inside, there were tables on the lower level and a loft upstairs. There was also a nice selection of gifts and merchandise.

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We opted once again for the tasting platter so we could sample all of the wines made here. Unlike our previous stop, however, there was not a narration that accompanied our tasting, which is not necessarily a bad thing. We drank up the little wine cups from sweetest wine to dryest wine. 

There seemed to be far more sweet wines than dry wines. Some memorable choices were the "Tranquility" which was a pear/kiwi wine, "Midnight Embers" which tasted exactly like a chocolate-covered strawberry, and the "Blackjack" which was my favorite.

Our trip was a huge success, and we left with big purple-tooth-filled smiles on our faces as we discovered more awesome wines made right in Ohio!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

5K Foam Fest Recap

Photos by OHventures

Described as running through a "giant carwash," the 5K Foam Fest on June 29 had me STOKED for down and dirty fun! This year, FOAM is the new mud. With a plethora of obstacles to tackle, including mud pits to get you really dirty, and foamy pits to get you really clean, the 5K Foam Fest was going to be a wild and unique experience (just what I like)!

Taking place in the Appalachian foothills of Logan in Hocking County, this mud run was destined to be one intense undertaking. Much like the Warrior Dash race I ran in Carrollton, I knew that there would be monstrous hills along the course that would serve as the biggest obstacle of all! And, boy was I right!

The setting for the 5K Foam Fest was Kaeppner's Woods, a major camping destination, and a frequent host to various mud runs (try the Superhero Scramble on August 3 or the Great American Mud Run on September 14). This park is located just over an hour away from Grandview, where me and my pal Jared both live. It had been close to 10 years since Jared had run his last 5K (let alone a mud run), and needless to say he was rather reluctant to the whole idea! But, I used my charming ways to convince him to let loose and join me on the drive out to Logan for something a bit outside of his comfort zone.



Our wave was at 11:40 AM, so we naturally left bright and early at 9 AM so we would have enough time to stop for coffee (potassium in black coffee is actually really good for you before a run, FYI), drive through scenic Southeast Ohio, and get familiar with our surroundings before the wave took off! While we had bibs (which I had picked up from Road Runner Sports the day before), the race was in fact not timed, which was rather disappointing to me. I estimated that we would complete the race in about 50 minutes. Jared (having never run a race full of obstacles) thought that was way too long of a race time, but soon found out that I was pretty accurate!

Before I realized that the slides were indeed broken!

After we parked, changed, stretched, fueled, and peed (TMI?), we took a look around at parts of the course that we could see on our walk from the car to the starting line. We were very disappointed to discover that the massive "Death Drop" inflatable slide (pictured above) was out of commission because some jackass from an earlier heat had cleats on and ripped through the plastic! This was not a good sign. The giant slide - which was said to be the largest in the world - was advertised as one of the highlights of the race. 

Despite the broken slide, Jared and I still had high hopes. We saw a lot of people walking away with goodies, and we saw a tent of free Mike's Hard Lemonade, so we knew that there'd be some handsome rewards waiting for us at the finish line. I also ended up seeing an old high school buddy, Scott, with some of his OSU friends which was a pleasant surpirise (it really is a small world after all). 

With about 15 minutes until our start time, Jared and I got ourselves to the front of the pack near the starting line. Soon, we heard the DJ advise us to "not eat the foam" as loads and loads of suds came shooting out from the archway above us! we passed the soapy stuff around, basically taking a clothed shower before our run! The horn blew and off we went! 



It wasn't long until we were greeted with our first obstacle, The Stumpy Jumper, which was a giant inflatable bouncy ball arena with hidden pits full of foam and water! Jared took a huge tumble and even got a mouthful of suds in the process! But we didn't let this slow us down! We kept running along the course to soon find a wooden wall to scale over, followed by my very favorite of the obstacles: The Lily Pad! Here, you basically had to run on top of floating rafts across a small pond. You had to run at full force and you couldn't stop, otherwise, you would start to sink! It was a load of fun "walking on water!" 

The inevitable GIANT ass hill came next. It was hands down the toughest part of the course!!! It felt like we were scaling a mountain - a very, very muddy mountain that seemed to keep going and going forever and ever. Seriously this thing was a beast. And a bitch. This is where I left Jared behind. He said there was no way that he or anyone else could keep up with my pace. My philosophy was that I would go as fast as I could so I used my momentum to propel me up quicker and prevent me from falling. It definitely drained me of some energy, but it also got my adrenaline pumping! I kept going and going just like the Energizer Bunny!

At the top of the hill, there were a few folks who had stopped to rest, and some who had even stopped to give up, as they physically just could not go any further. There was also a small "Trip Wire" obstacle at the top before you had to take the path to the bottom of the hill, which was almost as challenging as going up the hill!


On level ground once again, there was a fun series of obstacles I zoomed through: the colorful and sudsy "Bouncy Ball Attack," the "Spider Web Forest," another dead foam obstacle that was ruined by someone's cleats, and the "Giant Cargo Net." I heard someone say that I deserved a high five for how fast I was going (sorry for the humblebrag). At the cargo net, there was a line, so Jared caught up with me and we did the last portion of the race together: the Water Crossing, 8 Foot Walls, Mud Pit, Electric Charged Barbed Wire, 30 Foot Slip 'N Slide (above), Inner Tube Crossing, and the Grand Finale: the 50 Foot Slip 'N Slide (below).


It was so thrilling to slide into the finish line (literally), get our medals, and gather all of our goods!! It was truly an exhilerating race and one of my favorites I have EVER done! We took some professional photos (post-race pics never ever turn out to be flattering, but I included it below anyhow), got our booze, and our complimentary food and t-shirts! After making new friends and gulping down our shandy, we stripped down (not in the nude of course) and rinsed off in the showers. 


We had a few bumps and scrapes, but it's all in a day's work! Jared has definitely caught the running bug and is looking forward to running his next fun-filled race! If he can do it, you can do it!





Monday, July 8, 2013

25 Great Ohio Hiking Spots (Abridged)

Photos by OHventures

OHventures has compiled a list of 25 Great Ohio Hiking Spots, most from my personal experience and past reviews. And since people don't always have time to read through a ton of text, we made a quick, abridged version of our original list! Be sure to click here for the extended version to read more info on each location!



1. Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park (State Route 282, Nelson Township)
2. Shawnee State Park (4404 State Route 125, Portsmouth)
3. Alum Creek State Park (3615 S. Old State Road, Delaware)
4. Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve (2200 Gratiot Rd SE, Newark)
5. Inniswoods Metro Gardens (940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville)
6. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (15610 Vaughn Rd, Breskville)
7. Caesar Creek State Park (8570 E. State Route 73, Waynesville)
8. Charles Mill Lake Park (1277 State Route 430, Mansfield)
9. Atwood Lake Park (9500 Lakeview Road NE, Mineral City)
10. Clear Creek Metro Park (185 Clear Creek Road, Rockbridge)
11. Hocking Hills State Park (19852 State Route 664 S, Logan)
12. Mill Creek Park (123 McKinley Avenue, Youngstown)
13. Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve (7984 Fulton Dr NW, Massillon)
14. Quail Hollow State Park (13480 Congress Lake Avenue, Hartville)
15. Scioto Audubon Metro Park (400 W. Whittier Street, Columbus)
16. Prairie Oaks Metro Park (3225 Plain City-Georgesville Road, Harrisburg)
17. Pymatuning State Park (6100 Pymatuning Lake Road, Andover)
18. Gorge Trail Metro Park (1270 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls)
19. Wildwood Preserve Metro Park (5100 W. Central Avenue, Toledo)
20. South Bass Island State Park (1523 Catawba Avenue, Put-In-Bay)
21. Indian Lake State Park (2774 State Route 235 N, Lakeview)
22. Twin Valley Backpacking Trail (9688 Eby Road, Germantown)
23. Little Miami State Park (8570 East State Route 73, Waynesville)
24. Caldwell Preserve (430 West North Bend Road, Cincinnati)
25. Portage Lakes State Park (5031 Manchester Road, Akron)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bowling Green State University

Photos by OHventures

 
1600 E Wooster Street
Bowling Green, OH 43403
(419) 372-2531

Bowling Green, Ohio is in Wood County, which is smack-dab in the middle of the Northwest plains of the state. While it may seem like nothing but flat, wide open land, there is a great deal of character in this growing college town.
 
I first experienced the city by going to Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in 2002 when I participated in the American Legion Buckeye Boys State Program between my junior and senior years of high school (I am aging myself, I know). The program was designed to give upwards of 1,300 young men from all across the state of Ohio the opportunity to come together for a 9-day experience creating a mock government on the campus of BGSU (an equivalent program for young women called "Girls State" takes place each year at Ashland University).
 
Every aspect of government would be re-created in this unique setting: the campus would be transformed in a way that it represented the "State" with each dorm building representing a "County" and each floor of the dorm building representing a "City." There would be mayors, school board members, city councilmen, county commissioners, state legislators, department heads, and even a Governor. This intricate "make believe" world was an interesting concept, but really was educational, character building, and unforgettable. Plus, the program has been around since 1936, which is nothing to sneeze at!

 
During my time at Boys State, I was a "citizen" of Sklenicka and was employed as a school board member and a reporter for the state newspaper, "The Hetuck" (surprise, surprise). I thoroughly enjoyed this taste of college life, and I made a great deal of friends, namely my friend Zach from Cleveland, Jeff from Waverly, and Austin from Columbus. In a strange twist of fate, Austin and I ended up as roommates at Ohio State University for our freshman and sophomore years in the dorms!
 
For the past 3 years (2011, 2012, 2013), I have been given the privilege through my current job at the Ohio Department of Transportation to return to Boys State for one day to teach students about what our agency does. It is surreal making a return visit to this campus each year, as it always brings up fond memories from my youth. I am lucky to have participated in Buckeye Boys State, and even luckier to get the chance to contribute in a small way over a decade later.
 
Through these visits, I have grown to enjoy Bowling Green a great deal. Below is a short list of things you can do on a mini day trip to the campus and surrounding area!
 
  • 1. BGSU Planetarium (112 Physical Sciences Lab Bldg): The Minolta star projector can show the sky as it would be seen from any place on the Earth at any time, including the Sun, Moon, planets, and more than 4000 stars.
  • 2. Portage Quarry (12701 S Dixie Hwy): Just a few miles from Bowling Green, this quarry offers some of the most popular swimming in the area. You can also go scuba diving here!
  • 3. The End Zone (1628 E. Wooster St.): Located across the street from the BGSU football stadium, this local bar features $1 drafts (16oz) and $2 well drinks during happy hour and is open 7 days a week!
  • 4. Bowling Green City Park (520 Conneaut Ave.): A ton of amenities can be enjoyed at this park: horseshoe pits, basketball courts, inline skating rink, and a giant community swimming pool.
  • 5. AMP-Ohio Wind Farm (Bowling Green Road West, 43402) Ohio's first utility sized wind farm is located here with four turbines that are each 257 feet tall! They generate 7.2 megawatts of power, and have become a local attraction, with a solar powered kiosk on site with visitor info.
  • 6. Carillon Place Dining Hall (1001 E Wooster St.): As you wander around BGSU, don't be afraid to stop in to Carillon Place, a brand new dining hall built in 2012 (pictured below)! Having eaten here a few times, it's not too bad, for college food!

 


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Compass Media is based in Canton, Ohio and is a leading publisher of magazines that educate the community in which we all live. Compass Media will issue several themed editions of its magazine, on the topics of: Medical, Health, Fitness, Animal Health Care, Higher Education, Building and Remodeling, Being Green, and Quality Family Living.
 
 
With its team of marketing experts, Compass Media is dedicated to providing smarter solutions for clients’ advertising and branding goals. Compass Media provides award-winning creative designs, brand development, printing and web design; and also creates its very own market segment publications that provide an educational resource for the community.
 
I am a proud member of "Team Compass," serving as a Contributing Writer, and I have thus far written three articles for the magazine: "Improving Your Lung Health" (Medical 2013), "Ohio Runner's Boston Connections" (Fitness 2013), and "Monumental Workouts" (Fitness 2013).
 
I also have participated in the photo shoot for the Fitness edition at the McKinley Monument in Canton. Compass Media gathered hundreds of fitness fanatics from the Stark County area to run the steps of the monument to accompany the feature story I had written. It was a cold day, but very enjoyable to be amongst such great company.
 
I will continue to contribute to Compass Media publications and I encourage you to "Like" them on Facebook, or pick up a hard copy of the magazine on newsstands in the Canton area. 
 





I'm A St. Jude Hero!

 
On August 10, I will be running my 3rd Warrior Dash mud run in Ohio in just under two years (previous runs were in Carrolton in 2011 and North Lawrence in 2012).
 
To up the ante from the years past, I have decided this time around to become a St. Jude Hero to help raise money for children who are facing terminal illnesses across the country.
 
Instead of simply challenging myself to run through crazy obstacles like barbed wire, cargo nets, and dumpsters, I am now challenging myself to fundraise $300 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as a St. Jude Warrior. Every penny I raise will inspire hope in children who are battling cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.
 
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children
 
If you are so kind to make a donation to help these young children live a better life, it would be greatly appreciated! But, HURRY! The deadline to donate for my race is just a month away, and I will need YOUR help to meet my goal of $300! Any donation, big or small, will make a difference. Even if it's just $1, it will surely go to a great cause.
 
 
 

Millstone BBQ

Photo by OHventures
 
12970 Grey Street
Logan, OH 43138
 
Millstone BBQ is the perfect place to satisfy your appetite after a day spent hiking in Hocking Hills, ziplining at the Hocking Canopy Tours, exploring the animals at The Wilds, or cruising through Appalachian Ohio on a road trip! You can not miss this enormous gray barn-like building with metal siding that sits directly off of US Route 33 and State Route 664 in Logan.
 
I have been here in the winter for lunch and in the summer for dinner, and both times the place was buzzing with hungry locals and starving tourists alike. Cars filled up the entire parking lot! But the good news is, there is plenty of seating, especially on nice days when the spacious patio is open. Perhaps because it is located on a main thoroughfare, and perhaps because it is in close vicinity to many Southeast Ohio attractions, Millstone BBQ is gaining a ton of traction.
 
If there is one thing you need to know about Millstone BBQ, it is this: CORNBREAD.
 
The cornbread alone makes a trip to this southern style barbecue restaurant worthwhile. These mini muffins are presented to your table in place of typical dinner rolls and are the most moist, sweet, and delicious cornbread morsels I have ever had! They are warm and satisfying, and come with a creamy whipped butter with just the right amount of sweetness. Irresistible!
 
But what people really come to Millstone for is the smoked barbecue pulled pork, ribs, and chicken! All of the meat is smoked on site for 15-17 hours and have a unique pink hue inside called the "smoke ring" which is a surefire indication of Millstone's signature moist, tender meat. The meats come slathered in sauce, but there are also two homemade sauces available on the table: one sweet, and one spicy. The spicy one is by far the more superior sauce, in my opinion, but mixing the two is also a fun treat for the taste buds.
 
And if the meat itself isn't enough, the rest of the menu is just as tasty. The stuffed jalapenos appetizer is worth the $8 as it is exploding with flavor from the cheese, bacon, and mini hot dogs inside! The sweet potato fries are freshly cut and come with a side of brown sugar! The macaroni and cheese is creamy, rich, and pretty much perfect. Even the steamed vegetables are done just right and make you feel like home! Soups, salads, and countless other items round out the menu at Millstone.
 
The atmosphere is also of note, as it practically encapsulates the feel of a true Southern Ohio local establishment. There's great drink specials with tons of beer on tap, live sports showing on many TVs, bike nights (Tuesdays), Sunday brunch, and some occasional live music. The restaurant is open seven days a week (Sunday 10-9, Monday through Thursday 11-9, Friday & Saturday 11 10:30).